Date: 29 Nov 97 03:24:30 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Edward Hahn) Organization: The MITRE Corporation References: 1
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In article <airliners.1997.2770@ohare.Chicago.COM>, Postma@nlr.nl wrote: >Does anybody know if groundcrew responsible for de-icing aircraft need a >dedicated license by FAA? Of course the ultimate responsibility of >accepting the aircraft after a de-icing/anti-icing treatment lies with >the pilot-in-command, but still. In he US, no separate license is required for ground crew to de-ice an aircraft. Responsibility for de-icing is on the airline, BTW; and each airline must develop an approved de-icing program. Each ground crewmember who engages in de-icing activities is required to have training in the individual airline's program. Note that the de-icer does not have to be an airline employee; he/she need only have been trained and approved by the airline. > So far I know there is no special >requirement in Europe and most companies do some kind of an in-house >training program for their de-icing crews. I know there is some concern, >that those responsible for de-icing aircraft, particularly at smaller >airports, or those in locations that experienced infrequent ground >icing, were not so competent at carrying out the task. In addition, that >the fluids and equipment used to deliver it, was felt to be sometimes of >unknown quality. Again, in the US, the ground crew must be trained in the airline's program; there is no generic program. In addition, as part of the operation of the airline, the de-icing personnel is subject to inspection by FAA operations inspectors. Given the long "off-season" for de-icing, I'm sure that this part of the operation is given extra scrutiny at the start of the de-icing season. ed >>>> Ed Hahn | email@example.com | (703) 883-5988 <<<< The above statement is the opinion of the author. No endorsement or warranty by the MITRE Corporation is expressed or implied. Really, I wouldn't kid you about a thing like this.